Garden Designers Roundtable – Boundaries

In some of my past blogs’ posts, creating different spaces with some type of division is important to me.

Valuing water, sense-of-place and reasonable budgets to create a smaller oasis within a drier, yet appealing context, is part of good living in a dry land; even wetter places like the Mediterranean climates have that tradition. That’s a manmade boundary abstracting contrasts found in nature.

Appealing garden design organizes spaces, via observation, learning and refinement; beyond being a mere artiste, it integrates art and science.

So, step across the boundary; I even numbered each photo –

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1) sere Sonoran Desert outside this Paradise Valley, Arizona home…

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Last of Fall in Winter

Early December is about when Winter starts its 6 week minimum visit in these parts. It stays that entire period “up north” in Albuquerque, as El Pasoans call it. Thankfully down here, it comes and goes several times during that period. “Winter” to me is mostly nightly hard freezes and daily highs under 55 or 60F.

Don’t laugh if you’re from a truly-cold winter climate; I have thin blood, and I didn’t come here for the snow-white winters!

Photos taken in central New Mexico, 12/3/2013 –

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Quercus buckleyi at the peak of their fall color in ABQ Uptown…many others nearby already turned…

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The Wide Shot – December 2013, SW Edition

Heather at Xericstyle is doing something generalists like me appreciate…the big picture or the wide shot meme.

Many blogs show close-up images without much context, but I find contexts with some details more helpful. Since this post’s photos are from over 5 weeks ago instead of today, I’ll compensate by showing gardens I intend to post more on in the future: 2 are homes, 1 is a recently-installed streetscape I designed. (hoping I can soon participate in 1-2 various memes / month)

I no longer have my own home garden, but I do have many gardens that I design, of various scales and mostly modest budgets. At least for what I deal with in the high desert region!

Photos from 10/22/2013, in Las Cruces NM –

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Jeff Anderson’s Las Cruces home, planted just 2 years ago…native and adapted plants, plus some trials

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